Morgane Metraux knows how to dress for a golf tournament.
GALLOWAY, NEW JERSEY - JUNE 11: Morgane Metraux of Switzerland chips on to the 14th green during the second round of the ShopRite Classic at Seaview Bay Course on June 11, 2022 in Galloway, New Jersey. (Photo by Omar Rawlings/Getty Images)
Ben Harpring is at the Epson event and has tons of photos on his site. A small sample:
Early split tees with thunderstorms predicted tomorrow.
You can bet that CBS will not go over its alloted time by a single minute. If you're recording this, I'd recommend setting up timers on GC, CNBC, USA, Food Network, Game Show Network and Turner Classic Movies. Who knows where it will turn up?
I played Cedar Creek GC on Wednesday PM, far up the road near Toms River, so I didn't feel like rushing down to Absecon to see minimal pro-am action. But, there was a good turnout at the Galloway Shoprite on Wednesday night. As usual, Christina Kim was there and I also saw Mel Reid with her woman looper. An unknown blonde pro was there with a caddie who looked a lot like Rickie Fowler. Su Oh showed up, wearing thigh-length black compression shorts ... not that there's anything wrong with that. She was with her mom and they noticed the receipt for their purchases didn't include some discounts ... Su went over to the customer service and explained she didn't have a Shoprite card because she wasn't from the area ... she was told to go back to the check-out where they'll adjust her purchase by scanning a generic store card. Later that night, I dropped by Shoprite on Route 30 to look for an item I couldn't find in Galloway and saw an unknown looper ... he was wearing a Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open cap.
Reports for Thursday and Friday are on the way ... at a pace that matches the turtles crawling all over the Bay Course these days ... but, they'll arrive eventually.
Photo sampler of Haru Nomura interviewed by Japan's TV Wowow after Friday's round -
Jin Young is really off her game, but still didn't play that badly. At this point she'd probably need a really great round to win this. Weirder things have happened, but I'm not expecting it.
Six, Five, Sung Hyun and Hye-Jin all did all right, but none of them are in a good position to contend. Hoping for a decent run from at least a few of them (it would especially be nice to see Hye-Jin take advantage of Thitikul's absence with a top ten).
In Gee and A Lim made the cut at least; their reward will be an early tee time.
Wow, this is turning into a complete disaster for the Sisters. Jin Young over par, In Gee at the bottom, no Sisters in the top ten while every other big name player in the field is right at the top of the leaderboard... And all this in a field with very few big names. Yeesh. I sure hope this isn't a preview of the next Major.
I'm really worried about Jin Young. She just nabbed a top five at a Major, and she comes to a place where she has played well in the past and can't make a putt, is hitting her irons all over the place, and might not even make a top 40.
Nice to see that Jin Young immediately ripped off three straight birdies to end her round right after I posted my rant. . Possibly a top 20. Still not her best stuff, but better than what she was looking at.
Jenny Shin seven birdies two bogeys saved the Korean golfers from being shut out the top ten. She also birdied the last three holes. Inbee Park finished with a good round of minus four. They decided to make the Final Round an easy setup, that turned into a birdie fest for some. I guess there wasn't enough low scores the first two rounds.
Jin Young Ko is missing more greens this year than she never had before. Maybe she and Hyun Kyung Park spent too much time practicing in the off season. Hyun Kyung Park is also off to a slow start.
Some good news Sung Hyun Park had her best Tournament this year.
The LPGA posted a revised caddie list ... the earlier blank space next to MHL was filled by Casey Johnson, a one-week loan-out from Eun Hee Ji ... a lot of good that did.
I was standing at the main practice green Friday when Maddie Szeryk (78, +7) arrived ... there is rough encircling this green and her looper asked if he should prop up her bag or lay it down ... she said he could lay it down ... he asked if 11 AM was a good time for him to show up on Saturday ... I got the impression this guy was a first-timer for her ... he has the perfect name for the job, Rich Beer.
Val Skinner's bag (from Thursday's pro-am) had a Siwanoy CC badge on it, which is in Westchester County, NY. She used to host a breast cancer charity event with many LPGAers in northern NJ on the Mondays after Shoprite/Acer ... don't know if it still happens.
Nuria Iturrioz was on the practice green on Thursday ... she was the first alternate earlier in the week ... her voodoo pins worked because she played the tournament. I don't know who she replaced ... I'm guessing it was Allisen Corpuz, who was scheduled for the Thursday Pines course pro-am, but didn't show.
I watched Dr. Noh on the range ... you can forget about her winning in the near term or during the remainder of 2022. With her driver, she was doing an odd practice move into the hitting zone ... it looked like a deliberate wipe ... PURE POISON if an amateur hacker was doing it. If she was working on a fade, it didn't happen ... the balls started left and stayed straight. Granted, from forty feet away, all I could do was speculate on what was occurring ... but, I still say she looked lost.
Hye-Jin has moved ahead of Thitikul in the Rookie of the Year race! 647-635. Basically, they are neck and neck right now. Game on!
Pretty bad week for the Sisters with only Jenny Shin managing a top ten (barely). Six of them managed top 20s. Sung Hyun is quietly starting to play decently again; she tied Inbee at -6, t-15th. Lee6, Jin Young, Chella and Hye-Jin were all at -5, t-17th. In Gee and A Lim did not have good weeks, but at least they made the cut.
It's hard to know what to expect. Jin Young is not playing well right now. But she was having a bad streak last year when she suddenly figured it out and started playing great. I just hope she gets a clue before all the Majors are done.